Taking serious note of the slow pace of work on deweeding of the iconic Dal Lake in Srinagar, Governor NN Vohra called for strengthening and revamping of operations.

Vohra, who visited the lake to review the ongoing deweeding and beautification operations, ordered that the nearly 900 houseboats should be told to install sewage holding tanks and bio-digesters without delay so that untreated sewage was not discharged into the lake.

The Governor ordered a number of other measures also to check the flow of sewage into the lake. He directed financial commissioner (Housing and Urban Rural Department) KB Agarwal to formulate sanitation proposals for the houseboats anchored on the shoreline and those moored in the open water expanse.

Vora assess the progress of cleaning operations, particularly removal of lily clusters, macrophyte deweeding and sewage control. He was accompanied by his advisor BB Vyas and some senior officers.

The Governor was apprised that nearly 700 skilled labours were engaged in the operation involving extraction of lilies and 81,461 cubic metre lily pads had been removed. Besides, 350 semi-skilled labours were engaged in dewedding and skimming activities which resulted in 49,825 cubic metre weeds being removed.

Vohra ordered for three weed harvesters and two skimmers to be employed for de-weeding operations in double shift to speed up the work.

He directed that the operations be intensified to achieve tangible results and tenders for hiring machines for cleaning the lake be finalised within seven days.